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Looking for a perfect vacation and picture getaway? Kodachrome Basin State Park offers stunning views to its tourists with its red rock formations under the blue sky. When you go to the park, you will be amazed with the captivating chimneys (monolithic sedimentary pipes) that are rising high making it look like a skyscraper. Apart from its magnificent views, there are so many things that this state park has to offer.
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In a 1948 National Geographic Society Exploration comprised of photographers, they were able to witness the amazing landscape with its contrasting colors that bring out the natural beauty of the place. The photographers named the area “Kodachrome Flat”. The area was named after the release of photo film from the camera brand Kodak. Eventually, the area became popular as Kodachrome Basin State Park.
The park features 67 chimneys that rise high in the sky. They range from 6 ft tall to more than 170 ft. You can just imagine how these natural skyscrapers look in person. Whenever you look at the area, it always sparks your imagination with its natural rock formations and its tantalizing beauty.
Two theories emerged as to how these pipes were formed. In the first theory, the area was said to be seismically active for years. As earthquakes occurred, it resulted to the creation of pathways through rock layers. These pathways were filled with sediment and became solid rock. This explains why they have successfully withstood erosion for years.
The other theory believes that pipes actually came from ancient springs. Choking up with sediments, it resulted into a hard rock formation that is resistant to erosion. Although the surrounding rock or the outer rock layers would erode, these pipes were able to withstand erosion as they’re hard cemented.
Photographers are always mesmerized with the picturesque beauty of Kodachrome Basin State Park. You will never miss a shot especially since the area has lots of nice views perfect for pictures. Although this place is considered to be a haven for photographers and for people who want to witness stunning views, Kodachrome Basin State Park has a lot more to offer. If you are into outdoor activities, you can enjoy all kinds of different activities while you are at the park. From wildlife watching to camping, there are lots of recreational opportunities that you can try. The area is home to different species perfect for wildlife viewing. Plus, you can also enjoy the different campsites available to its guests. These activities are perfect for friends and families who want to have a great time.
Hiking is also a nice activity that you can try since there are amazing hiking trails in the park. Whether you are searching for a relatively easier trail or a much more difficult one, there are plenty of options to choose from. What you will love about hiking at Kodachrome Basin State Park is that you do not just get to experience the physical activity at the park. You also get to witness spectacular views and you can even explore geological areas. For instance, you can go to the Hat Shop, Secret Passage and Cool Cave.
If you want to set-up a camp, the park has 31 different campsites to choose from. But just make sure that you check out the details since some of these campsites are closed especially during winter season. The full-hookup sites are available all throughout the year.
Witness the natural and stunning views of Kodachrome Basin State Park and try the fun activities. Come and visit the park and have a great time!
Capitol Reef National Park is such a stunning place to visit and explore. There are so many different types of scenery here it’s absolutely breathtaking. Capitol Reef is very popular for backpacking as well, there is a lot of really exciting backcountry to explore here. Here are some of the most popular backcountry backpacking areas in Capitol Reef.
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Halls Creek Narrows
This is a pretty awesome backpacking venture, that round trip will take about 3-4 days to complete. It explores the southern end of the park which is more desolate, and largely unmarked. You will most likely need to carry a topographical map since it is an unmarked area. There are plenty of side canyons that connect with Halls Creek to explore as well. The canyon walls are works of art that tower high and seem to consume you as you travel deeper into the narrows. This is such an awesome hike and one that any thrill seeking backpacker will enjoy.
This is a natural year round stream that has cut a deep canyon. This is an unmarked area and can be very dangerous due to flash flooding and falling rocks, but if you go the right time of year you should be okay. There are footpaths that are unmarked, and the park asks that you stay on these paths and try not to step on the soil crusts that prevent erosion of soft, sandy soils. This can be a day trip, or you can camp here, backcountry permits are required for overnight stays.
Lower Muley Twist Canyon
This is a very narrow and “twisty” canyon. Quite possibly one of the coolest looking canyons in Capitol Reef Park. This canyon was once used as a pathway for the wagons to get to San Juan county for the mormons. They considered it to be narrow enough to “twist a mule” hence he name. A topographical map is suggest for this hiking area as it is unmarked and very easy to get lost in the canyons. This is a very hot hike and the water resources do not always work, so be sure to bring a sufficient amount of water.
This canyon is really awesome! A creek has cut the canyon deep through some of Capitol Reefs oldest exposed rocks. This hike consists about two miles of scenic and beautiful narrows and three waterfalls. This is a dangerous flash flood zone, so make sure you have checked the weather before heading into the hike. This is not an official maintained trail, so there could be route changes due to rockfall and flooding.
There are many more backcountry places to hike in Capitol Reef, these are just a few of the favored hikes. Make sure to always put safety first and talk with park rangers before heading out into the backcountry.
Highway 12 is one of the most scenic roads in the United States. There are two major National Parks that you will come across on this road. With elevations rising from 5,000 to over 9,000 ft. above sea level, Highway 12 cuts through some of the most stunning and rough terrain in Southern Utah. This highway has made its name on the top 10 most scenic drives in the world!
Stretching 124 miles, with 12 curves, this road took nearly 4 decades to build. It travels the land between “martian land” Bryce Canyon National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park.
There are a few other parks that you can make a pit stop at as well on your drive. Dixie National Forest, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Anasazi
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State Park Museum are all apart of the experience of driving Highway 12!
Some cool things that you can find at each of these places include a wide range of wildlife, beautiful plant life, jaw dropping views and so much more.
Some road trippers take time to stop and enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping and a plethora of other fun and exciting other activities that these parks have to offer. Take a nice cool dip at Calf Creek Falls at Grand Escalante National Monument, hike through the hoodoos and ponderosa pines of Bryce Canyon, take in all the scenery and fresh air as you make your way to the end of the road trip.
One of the more dangerous parts of this journey would have to be Hogsback road, just a two lane highway that twists and turns. This is also one of the more spectacular parts of the trip, due to the fact that there are steep drops along the way creating a panoramic view of the the nature that surrounds you. This is such a scenic portion that it might just cause you to get in an accident because it’s nearly impossible to drive without checking out the amazing view that surrounds you. It truly gives you the idea that you aren’t driving on earth anymore, there just can’t be something this crazy in Utah.
Off in the distance you’ll catch arches and massive canyon walls that will make you keep asking “what’s that and how to do I get there?”. The razorback mountains all around you with the enticing slot canyons below you will beckon that part of you that always wants to be exploring. Then only adding to the scene are the green cottonwood trees that follow along the winding rivers below you, so one moment you’re on top of the world looking out at Mars, and then next you’re driving through leaf covered roads with creeks and waterfalls.
This drive is inspirational, beautiful and almost movie like. We dare say that anyone and everyone should experience a road trip on Hwy. 12 at least once in their lifetime.